The R’s are planning a move for the 30-year old and even though he would be dropping down to the Championship, Johnson says Defoe may be tempted to reunite with former Spurs and Portsmouth boss Harry Redknapp.
“We don’t need to speak how big the club is, the club’s massive. It’s got massive backing, the chairman’s been fantastic, it’ll be great to give him something back,” Johnson said after scoring the winner in the 2-1 opening day Championship win over Sheffield Wednesday.
“Jermain has worked under Harry (Redknapp) before, he’s worked with a lot of the boys before.
“I worked with him for three or four years at England. He’s a great lad. He’s worked with Jermaine Jenas and few of the old Tottenham boys and there are a lot of people here who could attract him to the club.
“Yeah of course, I think when I’ve moved to clubs first you look and see who you do and don’t know at clubs. I think that has an influence on where you choose to go in the end, so fingers crossed and hopefully Jermain will come.”